Testing times for Key

STEMMING THE BLOOD: Prime Minister John Key.

OPINION: Fitness to govern and the way politicians exercise their power are no less important than their policies.

Are electoral laws working?

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Deputy Prime Minister Bill English had plenty to say about the Government's accomplishments last month.

Why is it so hard to shake the weight?


OPINION: A broken ankle led to Paul Barlow's weight ballooning. He has struggled mentally and physically to overcome it.

Digesting the debate

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OPINION: The first leaders' debate didn't result in a knockout but Labour's David Cunliffe generally has been credited with winning on points against a curiously lacklustre prime minister.

Freedom has its limits

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OPINION: The bylaws regulating freedom camping in the Thames-Coromandel District had been confusing, Motor Caravan Association lawyer Mai Chen said after a High Court judge this week ruled on their legality.

Tough work to take heartland seats

OPINION: Waikato University senior lecturer in political science Dr Alan Simpson examines the local electorates.

When privacy goes flying out the window

Nicky Hager

OPINION: Hager's book is from the gutter if only because that's where the pirates - and the rats - dwell.

PM's nice-guy image gone forever

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OPINION: The very meaning of the phrase ''dirty politics'' has changed forever for New Zealanders.

Concern still on dairy prices

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OPINION: While we are hoping for an early bounce-back in dairy prices, we can't afford to be indifferent to the case for greater diversification.

Parties are political life blood

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OPINION: With a General Election in just five weeks, it is party time - political party time.

The things I love about Hamilton


OPINION: The city generally doesn’t try to be something it isn’t, and it doesn’t much care if others don’t get it.

Don't think twice, Bob's all right


OPINION: Some complained that they could not see him. Others missed his guitar work.

Making tax policy decisions


OPINION: Putting issues in the hands of expert but unelected authorities would erode the power voters can wield through the ballot box.

Affordability the main issue

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OPINION: Most party policies are intended to benefit somebody who, in all likelihood, is a voter.

Editorial: Bullied on liquor laws

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The Waikato District Council last week announced it wants citizens' ideas on alcohol licensing to help it draft a new policy.

Why aren't you listening?

Election voting paper

OPINION: All around Hamilton at the moment are billboards in all the shades of the political Rainbow.

Park the Tardis in Hamilton Gardens

Doctor Who

OPINION: People behind the scenes have been trying to get an episode or two of the Doctor Who to film in New Zealand.

Editorial | Mixed signals on economy


OPINION: Hamilton East MP David Bennett's questions in Parliament on Tuesday were crafted to put a positive glow on his Government's economic accomplishments.

Let's throw a Gala Ball that all of Hamilton will enjoy

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I like a party and 150 years of being a place is as good a reason as any for one.

Speak out about workplace bullying

Allan Halse

OPINION: In public, it was all sweetness and light but, behind closed doors, there were arguments, lying and threats.

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